“Visit Sunnybank and Step into Asia”
From an Aboriginal dwelling and a Scottish farm to an exotic shopping and dining hub, Sunnybank is an exciting place to experience Brisbane
Originally inhabited by the Aboriginal Jagera people, present day Sunnybank is vastly different from the original township of Sunnybank. Farmed by a Scottish family and then overtaken by the Brisbane railway line, the 1980’s influx of Asian immigrants to Sunnybank propelled it into a thriving business community, with many local restaurants and businesses owned and operated by Asian members of the local Chamber of Commerce.
The fertility of the soil attracted the Jagera people to the area and later, the 4.4 squared kilometres which forms the boundary of Sunnybank, provided settlers with rich farming land, as well as an abundance of natural materials to build a community. From 1950 Sunnybank developed into a farming area with prosperous poultry and fruit farms with a large variety of gardens.
Sunnybank was famous for its tourist attraction, “The Oasis”, which opened in 1938. “The Oasis” had lush gardens, a swimming pool and a mini zoo, which Brisbane residents flocked to all year round. During this time, the township of Sunnybank was still outside the boundaries of Brisbane. The railway line from Yeerongpilly was extended in 1885 and at that time the Gillespie Family owned a small farm called “SunnyBrae”, which when translated from its native Scottish became Sunnybank. The railway line took over the farmland for the laying of the actual line and Sunnybank became a Brisbane suburb.
In the latter part of the 1960’s, farmland gave way to suburbia as greater Brisbane continued to sprawl. General Motors Holden built a manufacturing plant in neighbouring Acacia Ridge, and in 1982 the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games was held in the Sports and Athletics Centre. With the advent of “Expo 88” in 1988, Brisbane, and in particular colourful Sunnybank and its neighbouring suburbs were showcased to the world.
Today Sunnybank boasts the most popular exotic Asian restaurants in Brisbane with the Shangri-La and the Landmark restaurants. Sunnybank has a strong Asian influence and it boasts large shopping complexes with many curious Asian variety shops as well as Australia’s biggest retail stores and cinemas. To satisfy your shopping and dining requirements, experience Brisbane’s exciting Sunnybank.